A Little Sensitive, Are We?

Had the following comment posted today in regard to the Pink Ribbon Fairy post:

“Bryan Smoak Says:   How grand. I am the artist of this work and was pretty surprised that you would put this in a negative light. Let me clarify a few things for you. I only get 25% commission on any item sold from this line. Of that commission, I donate ALL, every dime of my commission to the cause of breast cancer research. I not only donated that, but my creative talent, time and marketing as well. Since you seem to be pretty good at bashing things that are going for a good cause…I challenge you to do better. Try to make a difference in saving lives, instead of ridiculing those who are attempting to make a difference…in their own way. FYI, the image here, stolen as it is, needs to be removed as you do not have permission to host it here as I own the intellectual property rights to this image. Take it down immediately.”

Dear Bryan,

Your wish is my command.  The image has been removed.  Seems ironic to me that someone who claims such altruistic motives for advancing the cause of fighting breast cancer has no problem whatsoever bashing a breast cancer survivor—me.  I guess it’s all about the big picture and not the individual, huh?  I realize that having your work criticized is probably offensive to you, but let me assure you that this image is highly offensive to me, and many other survivors.  We’ve had breasts removed, and really the last thing we want to see is some big boobed fairy to remind us that we don’t have those (or if we do, they are reconstructed—which is not the same) any more.

I do commend you, however, for donating the proceeds.  I’m glad to hear that you are truly doing that and I apologize for my snarky comment in regard to it. 


3 Responses to “A Little Sensitive, Are We?”

  1. Mary Creger Says:

    You go, MoodyFoodie!
    While I also commend Mr. Smoak for donating all that money I am offended by his work because 1. as a breast cancer survivor I am also missing my God given breast and 2. as an artist, his work really bothers me and doesn’t look much like art and 3. as a woman, I found it offensive.
    I do agree with him that his work is his property, therefore it didn’t belong here. I will probably hear about this comment but I don’t think it belongs anywhere.

  2. Ryan Says:

    Wow, I feel really bad since I am the one who found Mr. Smoak’s “art,” and submitted it for it for its ridiculousness.
    That poor mope is really upset. I guess black velvet, swap meet-style artwork is not popular this Christmas season and he is a bit sensitive.

  3. Bryan Smoak Says:

    Thank you for the removal and no need to apologize. Not everyone is going to like my style of artwork…and it is understandable. If you read my reply, and the original blog post, my rebuttle was in regards to the article attempting to suggest my intentions were suspect in nature. Taken directly from the post itself:

    “And you know, it says right there on the listing that “Proceeds from the sale of all “Fairies for a Cure” line go to benefit Breast Cancer Research.” Proceeds, huh? Okay, assuming that you do manage to sell one of these, what exactly do you mean by proceeds? That’s pretty vague. All the proceeds? Ten cents? And, I see that you’ve capitalized Breast Cancer Research in an effort to add an air of legitimacy to your statement. Nice touch. Would you like that $156 in ones for greater tuckability?”

    Looks to me like I was attacked first without the facts being asked or wanted in the post. I am here and my email is posted for anyone who would like to ask anything of me or even if you want to vent. Your survivor group needs help designing something, just ask. I will gladly help in any way I can. I saw an opportunity to help with the talents I have with the style of artwork that I do…plain and simple. I make a living from the art, so I wanted to give something back to a cause I firmly believe in.


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